A New Beginning

So here it is, the first post that follows the news I was going through a tricky time. In truth, I've been trying to formulate something to follow it since the month after it all happened but never found the words. To summarise, in March 2015 I was diagnosed with Guillian-Barré Syndrome - an auto immune condition where your immune system attacks your peripheral nervous system. In the space of a few days I was admitted to hospital and told that by the end of the week there was a high probability I would be on a ventilator. It was a terrifying time but an early diagnosis and treatment meant I was saved from progressing that far. That was two years ago and, when I wrote about it, never thought I would be still be referring to it all this time later. The good news is I've recovered well, with a couple of challenges that I am learning to live with...but I wouldn't necessarily change the hand I was dealt.

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Guillain-Barré Syndrome caused a lot of changes in my life. In a time when the future was thrown into the unknown, it became clear that I had taken a lot for granted, sat back and let others influence my decisions, and accepted the status quo. It was this difficulty that made me rethink all of that.

The effect GBS had on my photography was profound. Until that point, I made images of landscapes and cityscapes, but I suddenly I couldn't walk the length of the room, let alone climb a hill or pound the streets. Instead, I turned the camera on those around me - my friends and family.  Over the next couple of years, this extended to family gatherings, days out and, eventually, weddings. The pull to this was strong and when I was there capturing these moments, all felt right in the world.

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Last year I was invited to shoot my first wedding from start to finish and I jumped at the chance. The bride and groom (the lovely Matt and Catherine, a.k.a. my brother and sister-in-law) were the best at letting me know what they wanted but also letting me apply the style I was familiar with. I wanted to document their day as it happened and capture the wonderful couple they are. It was a fantastic experience and, at the end of the day and 18 hours on my feet, I knew I wanted to do more of it. Lots more.

The following months I continued to exercise my craft, but I also researched and took classes. Then, about two months ago, I sat down with my wife and told her I was going to make a go of it. She was so supportive  It was a moment of putting all that fear and uncertainty to one side and trusting my gut. That brings me to now - a new website and a new adventure.

I will always love landscape photography - there is something about being isolated with your camera and working through the technical parts to capture the image in front of you. That is all the more true using film, where you can walk way from a scene, unsure if you managed to capture anything at all. Landscapes won't stop here - they just won't be the focus of this website anymore as I move into the next chapter of my photography.

If you or someone you know is looking for a photographer for their wedding/event, then get in touch or please pass on my this website. I'm sure we can make it happen.

The Giveaway

A quick post this week to announce a competition on my Facebook and Twitter feed. I'm giving away a print from a choice of four from my Edinburgh series. All you have to do Like the post about it on Facebook or Retweet the tweet about it on Twitter. Both have been pinned to the top of the page.

You'll find more details about it on the giveaway page.

Good luck!

The Water of Leith Café Bistro Exhibition

As years go, 2013 is a huge one for me. It's one that will mark a change in my life like no other. Fatherhood. In July (or August...who knows) I will become a Dad after thirteen years of just my wife and I. So when it came to setting myself some goals in photography this year I went easy on myself. I decided that small exhibitions were the way to go and that is just what I have done.

From the 22nd of May 2013, I will have eight prints framed and hanging in The Water Of Leith Café Bistro. I am alongside Rich Dyson, a digital photographer, who has some gorgeous long exposures of Edinburgh at night. Katy Anderson, an artist, who has some really colourful canvases based on fashion. We're there for seven weeks so plenty of time to pop in if you want.

The Water of Leith Café Bistro sits on Coburg Street and right next to the Water of Leith. It's a good place to catch your breath if you're walking along the water and they also sell maps of various things to see in the area.

The prints I have hanging are from my Edinburgh series and are 7.5x7.5" and 7.5x5" and framed in 12x12" and 12x9" black frames. They're a good size. The 12x12" framed prints are £40 and the 12x9" framed prints are £35.

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If you're at all interested in purchasing any of these prints then please get in touch with me through the contact page and I can make that happen.

 

The Alt-Photo Festival

I'm pleased to announce that I will be showing a few select images with two other Edinburgh based film photographers at this year's Alt Photo Festival taking place across the City. Simon Kidd, James Pearson and I have been invited to show prints at Tidalfire on St Mary's Street (where I was in October) from the 28th February until the 12th March 2013.

The Alt Photo Festival is the new name for the Pinhole Photography Festival which I attended and wrote about last year. Like last year there are various events across the city, including workshops at Stills Gallery, the Botanic Gardens, as well as a symposium at the Edinburgh College of Art.

The Fletcher building at Edinburgh's Royal Botanical Gardens are hosting some wonderful alternative process photographers, including Alastair Cook and his wet plate collodion work, Alex Boyd, Lucy Telford and the organiser Kenny Bean

  "Film Photographers Self Group Shot" by James Pearson

 "Film Photographers Self Group Shot" by James Pearson

Simon, James and I will be hosted by Tidalfire which is at the bottom of St Mary's Street towards Cowgate. Although we're all photographers who use the medium of film, we all use it in different ways and the exhibition will represent that well.

 
  • Tidalfire Ltd
  • 42 St Mary's Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SX
  • Thurday, 28th February to Tuesday, 12th March 2013
  • Monday to Friday
  • 9am to 5pm

I hope you can make it along during the two weeks. If you do, let me know what you think.